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May 15th meeting speaker Clay Blackmore

May is a great month to bring a guest, bring along a friend or colleague at NO CHARGE!. Canon is also sponsoring ALL our guest fees for this month, admission is a $25 value!



Pose, Light, Love!

Our May 15 speaker is the acclaimed Clay Blackmore, sponsored by Canon USA.

Fun and engaging, Blackmore has developed a new program for those who wish to learn how to create great portraits of everyone.

Consistent results are at the heart of this new program with an emphasis on posing, lighting, composition and expression. Working outdoors or in the studio, Blackmore will show you how to harness the light and create beautiful images of men, women, children, families, brides, individuals, couples and groups.

Confidence is key, explains Blackmore, “I can help anyone gain a better understanding of what people like and don’t like in their portraits. We concentrate on a few simple thoughts each time we get behind our camera. By committing these techniques to memory, by training our hands to find the shot, we free our hearts to capture the moment.”

DSLR Video techniques will be discussed in full detail. See how Clay has turned his wedding business into a full service studio that has elevated videography to cinematography.

Blackmore is one of the most passionate photographers working in the country today. One of Canon’s Explorers of Light and a member of the elite Cameracraftsmen group, every image he creates reveals a master photographer committed to his art. A mentor, and veteran instructor, his lectures have been embraced worldwide.

About Clay Blackmore

Clay Blackmore is one of the most influential and sought-after photographers in the world, with a clientele that includes celebrities the likes of Larry King, Forest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman, and Maria Sharapova. His photographs are routinely featured in Washington Life Magazine.

A protégé of the legendary Monte Zucker, Clay is a legend in his own right. Clay meticulously developed his photographic, teaching, and business skills during this 25-year association with Monte, first as an assistant, then as a co-educator and business partner.

In addition to his mastery of lighting and classic portraiture, Clay is at the forefront of HD-DSLR cinema, pushing the limits of the latest innovations in filmmaking to create timeless pieces of cinematic storytelling.

Meeting INFO

7:00 P.M. – networking and hors d’oeuvres 7:30 P.M. – program starts, 9:15pm Image Competition

  • PPGBA members – no charge
  • APA-SF, ASMP-Norcal members – $15 at the door
  • Non-members – $25 at the door
  • Students – $15 at the door (must show current college/university I.D.)
    • (non-member difference may be applied towards PPGBA dues if redeemed within 30 days – therefore the meeting will be FREE to you if you join PPGBA…please save your meeting receipt for documentation of payment

Meeting Location

unless otherwise noted:

  • Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel, 380 S. Airport Blvd., S. San Francisco.
  • For directions, please call the hotel at 650/873-3200 or click on this link.



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